Breakout Furniture FAQs
If the backs and/or the sides of sofas and armchairs are above user head height then yes, they can certainly help to reduce noise on office breakout furniture.
- They do this by ‘cocooning’ people and providing an acoustic buffer - ideal in busy open plan spaces where noisy conversations and phone calls can bounce off hard surfaces.
- They also help to increase privacy and reduce distractions in shared spaces.
Will I need power sockets in a staff lounge?
Is there anywhere in the modern workplace where people don’t need power sockets? People need to charge phones, laptops and other devices, whether on their breaks or in meetings staff lounge areas will normally also be used as quiet spaces for work or to make calls.
Good to know
Power and data sockets can be incorporated into most breakout furniture from sofa and chair armrests, canteen table and side table tops.
What is office breakout furniture?
An office breakout furniture area is a place where staff and workers can eat, relax, chat, play games or just have a quiet space to work. Breakout canteen furniture can comprise of sofas and comfy chairs, cafe tables and chairs or canteen tables and benches.
Usually, this furniture is placed in clearly defined zones or even separate rooms.
Quiet & busy spaces
Sofas and chairs work best for chill out or quiet rooms while cafe furniture is useful for busier eating and chatting areas. In open-plan spaces, breakout areas should ideally be separated by staff lockers or room dividers to reduce noise and increase privacy.
Always have a quiet area away from the main entrance door or corridor.